Rep. Melanie Morgan is running for re-election for the 29th Legislative District, House Position 1. Morgan is an Army veteran who was elected to the Franklin-Pierce School Board in 2015 and worked with Young Life to create a mentorship group for young Black men, focusing on participation in STEM fields. Since 2018, she has been an advocate for representation and equity in Olympia where she has served as the deputy majority floor leader.
In previous legislative sessions, Morgan was the lead sponsor of legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination, preventing gun violence, and establishing the Washington State Office of Equity. More recently, Morgan helped ensure that $200 million was invested in the community for violence prevention programs, legal aid, and reentry support, especially for communities hurt by the war on drugs. Morgan has secured funding for a new Parkland/Spanaway homeless shelter, rental assistance, and charity care for those who need medical services but are struggling to afford them. As someone who has personally experienced homelessness, she was an important sponsor of this year's middle housing bill, which would have increased housing options around transit if passed.
We are concerned about recent reports that Morgan "engaged in abusive and bullying conduct"
while in office. Leaders of the House Democrats are waiting for the completion of her appeal before taking any action.
Also in this race is Republican Brett Johnson, an Air Force veteran and sawmill and furniture business owner who has also served on the Sound Transit Citizen Oversight Panel, among other roles. Johnson also ran unsuccessfully last year against Kiara Daniels for Tacoma City Council, As of late October, Johnson has still not released a detailed platform or list of priorities if elected.
Voters deserve more transparency than Johnson has offered about how he would represent them in Olympia. Morgan has earned strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations and is the best choice in this race.